Candy is 23 years old and has been singing on stage since the age of 9. She sings all different genres of music in 7 different languages and has a huge vocal range. She won numerous gold and silver medals in the South African Championship as well as the World Championship in Los Angeles. At the age of 12 she was crowned Junior World Champion in the category “Rock”. Candy is also a Latin American and Hip-hop dancer and dances with each song performed! She performs solo or with her professional dancers depending on what the gig requires and choreographs all dances performed by her and her dancers.
She is also a registered song writer and plays guitar and keyboard. She was a lead singer in 3 local musicals and has been in numerous local newspapers and magazines with all her vocal achievements and contests won. Recently the SONDAG newspaper called her South Africa’s Justin Bieber.
Candy was nominated for a Ghoema 2014 Award for "NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR". Her 1st album titled "Niks kan my keer nie" was released to all major music stores in June 2014. Her English song titled "With You" (written by Daniel Baron) as well as her Afrikaans duet with Willem Botha titled "Dit Wat Ons Harte Deel" is receiving high rotation playlisting at relevant National, Provincial & Community Radio Stations and is charting at numerous of these radio stations. "Stywer Vas" reached no:1 status on numerous radio stations and is still being playlisted as we speak. "Stywer Vas" was also on the compilation CD 30 Goue Sokkie Treffers Vol:14 & on the DVD 30 Goue Sokkie Treffers Vol:9. Her new single "Praat Jou Hart Nog Heeltyd Met My" was released 2 months ago & is already charting on a few radio stations.
Her first ever Music Video “STYWER VAS” received over 36 000 views on Youtube in just 3 months and is currently standing on 93 055 views. Her 2nd Afrikaans music video "MAAK MY HART VRY" has proven to be even more popular and is currently standing on 120 048 views on Youtube. All her music videos are being shown regularly on the ever popular TV program JUKEBOX, KYKNET & ASTV. (Top TV) as well as the KYKNET MUSIC CHANNEL 146. The English music video "FLIRTATIOUS" is currently standing on 77 706 views. The all new music video "DIT WAT ONS HARTE DEEL" is standing on 53 686 views!The all new English musc video "With You" was released a few days ago and is standing on 494 views.
Candy was recently a guest artist on the Jukebox TV Show and has had numerous radio interviews the last couple of months. Candy was interviewed on ETV Sunrise on 13th May 2014 and has many more media interviews lined up for the near future. Candy also Recently performed "live" on Jacaranda FM's Complimentary Breakfast Show on the 26th of March 2014 for our Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Nkandla).
Candy is also featured on a reality TV show called "SugaRushed" on Top TV on TopOne Channel 150 which can be seen at 17h30 week days and 11h45 on a Saturday, and this show will shortly be moved to SABC 2 & will also be aired in Kenya & 10 other African Countries!
Candy recently won the Top 5 Music Videos – Africa (on OGAE Rest Of The World : Eurovision South Africa) against fantastic artist names such as Jay & Heinz Winckler. She was also nominated out of 120 South African artists as one of the 5 female artists to take part in the Eurovision 2012 song selection as a foreigner.
She has performed at huge festivals such as KKNK, Innibos, Aardklop, etc. as opening show for Robbie Wessels, Nicholis Louw, Zak Van Niekerk, Bongani, Ray Dylan, Bobby Van Jaarsveld, The Campbells, DJ Ossewa etc. Other venues are Upperdeck at Hartbeespoort Dam, Sun City, all the Forever Resorts, Margate Student Week, corporate functions, clubs, restaurants, private functions etc. She has also performed at a few local casinos, Monte & Morula Sun with professional dancers. She has also performed at corporate functions with Melanie Louw, Bianca Le Grange and Jacques Terblanche and has performed a few times with S.A. Idols 4th runner up Boki as well as 3 runner up Monde.
Whilst in America on vacation, on the 30th Aug 2010 she entered the American Idols auditions at Hollywood Studios just for fun and landed up winning her section and making it to the top 7 for the evening but was unfortunately not given a golden ticket due to her being South African. She was extremely popular with the American public and everyone cheered for her.
Candy is a well spoken, confident, good natured, disciplined, hard working, “down to earth” peoples’ person; who’s passion is to sing and perform! For more info visit her website: www.candybenson.co.za or her Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Candy-B-Fan-Page/176007825798279 for performance photos and photos with fans etc.